5 of the Best Neighborhoods to Explore in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to many fascinating attractions. And it is teeming with neighborhoods that are worth your time exploring. If you are thinking of visiting the city or wish to see more of the places you may have previously missed, here are some of the best neighborhoods that should be on your list.

Chinatown
Chinatown
The Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. It is a popular attraction in its own right with plenty of things to see and do not to mention the delicious cuisines you can enjoy on your visit. Top attractions include the Chinese-style architecture, the shops, and the annual Chinese New Year Grand Parade among others.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf
This place has everything for everyone making it a go-to spot for both locals and tourists. There is no dearth of attractions and activities to enjoy like the 7D Experience, Aquarium of the Bay, Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, Madame Tussauds San Francisco, National Liberty Ship Memorial, PIER 39, Red and White Fleet – San Francisco Cruises, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Sea Lion Center, and The San Francisco Dungeon.

North Beach
North Beach
North Beach was hailed as one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in 2007. The heart of Little Italy can be found in this part of San Francisco. And its close proximity to other top attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to its north and Chinatown to the south makes it a great destination for tourists who want to see more of the best places to visit in the city. Some of the neighborhood’s top attractions include the Beat Generation Museum, Cable Car Museum, City Lights Bookstore, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, and Washington Square Park.

Russian Hill
Russian Hill
Russian Hill is located near North Beach. It is home to charming cafes and restaurants, a mini French quarter, Alice Marble Park, Ina Coolbrith Park, Macondray Lane, and Lombard Street.

SoMa
Yerba Buena Gardens
The South of Market is an area teeming with diverse things to see – from warehouses to high-end condominium buildings. The district is home to the Embarcadero and Potrero Hill. Among SoMa’s top sights are the Alice Street Community Gardens, AT&T Park, California Historical Society, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Folsom Street Fair, the drawbridges (Fourth Street Bridge and Francis “Lefty” O’Doul Bridge), Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, South Park, and the Yerba Buena Gardens.